The Place of the Lion

The Place of the Lion Novelist poet critic and dramatist Williams uses fiction to explore how people react when the supernatural enters their lives and how then to find the path of peace

  • Title: The Place of the Lion
  • Author: Charles Williams
  • ISBN: 9781573831086
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • Novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist Williams uses fiction to explore how people react when the supernatural enters their lives, and how then to find the path of peace.

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    1. As an author, Charles Williams writes stiffly, his stories are strange enough to be nearly inaccessible, and his characters who find clarity start speaking in a way which makes The Fairie Queene look folksy. All that being true, I love this man. After finishing this one I slept not just better, but more happily (merrily, even?) then in months. Goodness became more solidly true than usual. A few days later I was taking a shower and suddenly thought of the Idea of the Lion and Plato's Butterfly an [...]

    2. I thought I had read Williams' All Hallows' Eve, but I am reading it now and it is unfamiliar, so I think it must have been this one that I read years ago.Come to think of it, I do have a vague memory of a character seeing a lion that may be autosuggestion, though.

    3. In some ways "The Place of the Lion" is as remarkable as the two previous volumes written by Charles Williams. The supernatural that imposes itself on the mundane world is the Platonic world of primary images from which all conceptual ideas derive. The world of the senses is portrayed as an illusion—a mere reflection of the “real world” from which it derives. This makes for some absolutely spellbinding scenes as individuals find themselves suddenly confronted with a reality they cannot com [...]

    4. Literature can be considered good on any of about four counts: general beauty of language (often found in brevity), character, story, and excursiveness (often found in expansive, sometimes philosophical meanderings). The Place of the Lion excels at excursiveness, stinks at character, and passes on the other two counts. Here's a great excursion from the text:"His friend. The many moments of joy and deep content which their room had held had in them something of the nature of holy innocence. There [...]

    5. I just can't stay with this -- a lion, a butterfly, philosophy -- I think I'll first read more about the author, one of the Inklings.

    6. I read War in Heaven, Williams' first novel, a few months ago and was underwhelmed. So, I decided to skip Many Dimensions for now (it's something of a sequel) and read The Place of the Lion. In short: it is fantastic.I expected The Place of the Lion to be decent, but mainly worth reading due to its influence on CSL. Instead, I think Lion is better than anything Lewis wrote (of what I've read anyway). Williams has moved up in my estimation from an Inklings fringe character to a hidden and under-a [...]

    7. So confusing but so good. I can't imagine how this came out of his head and onto paper. I think that above all is what so intrigues me about him, are his intangible imaginings that become very tangible. For instance, occasionally I feel confused with a bunch of important brain clutter, and I can only fix it by going somewhere quiet and talking out loud to myself in order to marshal my thoughts and make sense of the fender bender of ideas and emotions. He consistently organizes those elusive thou [...]

    8. Once again, Williams has taken me to the edge of the physical and provided a peek of the metaphysical. His allegories are revealing of what we will all face, in one form of another. His reading is not for the easily distracted or for the faint of heart regarding future events.

    9. Much better, in my opinion, than All Hallows Eve (which I kind of admired but couldn't ever really get into), though still not really my kind of fantasy. But it's good enough to work for my class; I wonder how my students will respond. In this story, Williams comes up with a fantastical approach to Neoplatonism, which the Forms that stand behind our mental ideals of courage or desire, etc.--Williams usually refers to them as "Principals," though Christian talk of angels is mixed into their descr [...]

    10. Whispers of conspiracy obsessively echo through our era. We are entangled in the kingdom of lies behind lies. Politicians rant of the New World Order, authors write Da Vinci Codes and Golden Compasses, mass-market video gaming produces the likes of Assassin's Creed. Conspiracies inhabit our mind.But among all the conspiracies, if that is even the real word for this remarkable book, this one stands as a stained glass mural among shattered pots and pans.When platonic archetypes begin to invade Lon [...]

    11. Why are Charles Williams's books so odd? Why are they so difficult to classify? I don't think he was odd, and I don't think he was attempting to create a new genre. I believe we are the odd ones, we who live completely - or almost completely - in the material world, unconscious of the spiritual forces which occupy their own places therein. One might describe his books as magical realism, but a more precise label would be spiritual realism. He writes of spiritual things as a normal, natural part [...]

    12. What can I say about this deeply odd book?I'd read a couple of Charles Williams' novels along time ago. They were out of print and it was fun tracking them down, before the internet destroyed the fun of hunting for books in ramshackle stores. The fantastical story of The Place of the Lion moves along at a fair pace. Some of the strange phenomena are rather beautifully described. Beyond that? Anomalies and contradictions Unlike his drinking partners, Tolkien and Lewis, Williams makes explicit his [...]

    13. I first read this - and all his other works - in the 1960's. I liked them a lot, bought copies and kept them. In the last six weeks I have shed most of my hard copy books but kept the Charles Williams to reread, beginning with The Place of the Lion.His sentence structure is unnecessarily convoluted at times and his conceptualisation of relationships based on traditional interpretation of the Adam and Eve creation story seems uncritical and limiting to me in 2015. Nonetheless, it is still a brill [...]

    14. This book is very much "its own" thing. I like it and I recommend it. It is one of the most esoteric reads I've experienced in a long time, but it's a great book. You'll need your brain in gear for this onebut it's worth it.I love C.S.Lewis and discovered Williams as he was one of Lewis's favorite writers. Williams' books take a little work to track down (though I have noticed does have a pretty good selection LOL). On the whole they are worth tracking down however.The (I suppose) Archetypes en [...]

    15. I started out being a little skeptical of this book before I realized that it's one of those where the plot and philosophy are revealed slowly, as you make progress. I thought this was pretty cool, because instead of being the omnipotent reader, you were figuring things out and growing in understanding WITH the actual characters. This story is jam packed with a lot of philosophical ideas, so be prepared to be a tad confused. There was a lot I feel like I didn't fully grasp, but that didn't inhib [...]

    16. As with all Charles Williams' books, marvelously strange, exploring the mingling of the physical and spiritual realms.

    17. Williams is the master of symbolism. This is another rip-roaring Charles Williams novel. Huge ideas about spiritual reality and our world, particularly the human virtues, in a gripping thriller/romance/unique genre. I really enjoyed it, and took a few notes on the cosmology afterwards.

    18. I don't even know how to classify Williams.I don't suppose I'm his target audience: I struggle through his stuff in places, but I did straight up enjoy what felt like his spookier stuff, like The Greater Trumps and All Hallows Eve.I suspect this would benefit from a reread and a theology class. What's striking on this first read is the similarity in thinking between Lewis and Williams, that a very little fault is enough to draw you into hell (or, A hell, at least). The two people who end by bein [...]

    19. First off I have to admit I was very irritated by the self-satisfied Christian white maleness of the main character and the narration. Which I should have realized, going in I haven't read any Charles Williams since college when white Christian maleness was the default setting for most of what I was reading. It seems I have far less patience for that sort of thing these days!Still. Williams WAS brilliant, and the premise of the novel is intriguing, and it's certainly a good mental stretch to re [...]

    20. The Place of the LionBy: Charles WilliamsYear Published: 1933Genre: Adult Fantasy NovelIf you are a fan of C.S. Lewis, you are familiar with the Inklings, the small group of writers that met regularly to read and critique each other’s work in Oxford in the 1930s and 1940s. If you are like me, when you picture this group you may picture C.S. Lewis sitting by the fire at the Eagle and Child pub smoking a pipe with J.R.R. Tolkien by his side. But there were others in the group who helped to devel [...]

    21. Described on the jacket as a "supernatural thriller." IT is at times a very engaging book, containing some profound truths, but I had to struggle to finish it. It has some descriptive mystical experiences.

    22. A man, his best friend, and the woman he loves experience mayhem when angelic beings in the form of animals invade the English countryside.I thought this was a much slower and harder read than "War in Heaven", which is the only other Charles Williams novel that I have read.

    23. One of several metaphysical novels written by the English writer, Charles Williams (1886-1945), a friend & associate of C. S. Lewis & J. R. R. Tolkien. In this one, the Platonic Ideas are materializing in our world. Strange and intriguing.

    24. Honestly I was confused half the time while reading this. Maybe if I had had the time to slow down a bit more while reading it I would have understood/enjoyed it more, but I just had a hard time keeping track of what had been happening.

    25. I liked this book more than I thought I would. I have wanted to read some of Williams' work for a long time (mostly because of his being one of the Inklings). I plan to try some more.

    26. Ah philosophy! This book was challenging to read but completely worthwhile! I think that it might be necessary to read it again, s-l-o-w-l-y but it would be well worth it.

    27. What happens when the cosmic Forms start pulling our world into theirs? One of the weirdest - and most provocative - novels I've ever read.After a hasty read/skim for a class last year, I gave this three stars. I decided to re-read it on an impulse, and found myself totally absorbed. The three stars turned into four, turned into five. I still can't say I completely understand it, but I'm definitely enthralled by it. In that respect, it reminds me more of "The Man Who Was Thursday" than any other [...]

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